Online Student Bio: Nicholas Miale '17
Nick Miale '17
Nicholas J. Miale '17 said that SUNY Canton's online Emergency Management allowed him to pursue his passion for traveling while earning a bachelor's degree.
"I didn’t have to put my life on hold to go to school," he said about his decision to earn a degree fully online. "I had several jobs: I worked as a deejay, a commercial drone pilot, a human resources representative for UPS and a personal trainer. I was able to earn enough money to study abroad in Europe, backpack through Hawaii during winter break and visit the Southwest for two months after graduation. That was all possible because I could continue working while I was in school."
Miale said he had taken online courses prior to enrolling at SUNY Canton and knew it was also a perfect fit for his learning style.
"I enjoyed the online experience more than sitting in a classroom," he said. "In many ways, I was able to learn the material better, because I often took the initiative to research the answers to my questions, which helped me fully understand the concepts."
He graduated with honors and made the Dean’s List nearly every semester. A resident of Mountaintop, Pa., Miale was far from campus, but never felt his education was an impersonal experience.